There’s a reason everybody’s talking about the new essay by Paul Graham–it’s great. It’s ostensibly concerned with open source, but in truth it’s more about how to run any kind of successful business and how to keep your staff happy.
If you could measure how much work people did, many companies wouldn’t need any fixed workday. You could just say: this is what you have to do. Do it whenever you like, wherever you like. If your work requires you to talk to other people in the company, then you may need to be here a certain amount. Otherwise we don’t care.
Here are some resources which, I think, reflect or expand upon the thinking in this essay:
- A tour of Pixar studios – A workplace can be both productive and fun
- Renovating the Fog Creek offices
- Business for Geeks – from another OSCON talk, the basics of how to, uh, start a startup
- Another essay by Graham about hiring and keeping good programmers
- The Rise of the Amateur from Fortune Magazine – Subscription is required but you can read much of it here, here, here and here